ACCS girls rally to get district victory
Published 12:02 am Sunday, December 13, 2015
NATCHEZ — After taking a loss to cross-town rival Cathedral High School earlier this week, the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels were looking to get back to their winning ways in a district clash with Columbia Academy.
Despite trailing by as many as 10 points, the Lady Rebels were able to rally back and take the game 42-40.
“It was major,” ACCS head coach Melanie Hall said. “It is awesome to see how they responded after that loss because it was heartbreaking loss for them. They responded and refused to lose.”
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ACCS trailed 18-8 after the first quarter, but was able to claw back into the game behind a strong scoring quarter from Brianna Henson.
Henson finished with a game-high 18 points, eight of which came in the second quarter. Teammate and fellow guard Bailey Boyd, who scored 12 points in the win, also added five in the quarter.
“They both have a lot of quickness and a lot of speed,” Hall said. “Our guards have got to control and take care of the offense.”
The Lady Rebels closed the gap to four points at 27-23 at halftime, and came out in the third quarter clicking.
ACCS went on a 12-3 run to open the quarter en route to taking the lead.
“They were working well together,” Hall said. “Everybody was encouraging each other. It was a total team effort. A lot of kids got out there tonight, and I’m blessed that I have more depth than ever.”
The teams headed to the final quarter of play tied at 35, and ACCS would edge Columbia Academy 7-5 in the final quarter to seal the victory.
The Lady Rebels had a new look defensively, as Hall did not run any full-court press in the win.
“I knew that Columbia had some guards, and in my opinion, we didn’t execute our man defense at all last game. I wanted to get back and get some looks in the half-court defense and make sure we were getting our rotations and talking. You’ve got to be able to do it in the half-court before you can do it in a full-court.”